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Tribesports User of the Week: Carol Ann B


Posted by Carol Ann B under Dance on 10 October 2012 at 11:00 PM

Carol Ann B you are User of the Week!

What has been your toughest Challenge to date and which are you most proud of?

Toughest challenge for me so far has been (believe it or not) 10 press-ups. Even in my younger/fitter days, I’ve always loathed them & would rather eat my own head! The encouragement from other TS users (and knowing I had a challenge to complete) kept me going, and I really appreciated it when TS users sent me alternative challenges to help (like wall push-ups) I’d only just joined TS & was overwhelmed by what a great community spirit there was, and how genuinely helpful folks were. Thank you Tribesports – you all ROCK!

The challenge I’m most proud of is What have you done today to make you feel proud. I had been promising my daughter every year I would run in the Mum’s race at school sports day, yet I always found a reason not to. This year was her last year at Primary School, so I was running that Mum’s race come hell or high water! Best of all, I really wanted to do it & it was such a giggle – I got big smiles & hugs from my 2 proud kids which is the best achievement of all : )

You've got a lot of different dance achievements, from zumba to tap dance, which one is your favourite?

Oh, it would always be anything tap dancing related. I did lots of different dance genres from when I was just a wee girl, but tap dancing is the only one I carried on with into adulthood. I would encourage anyone who has problems with their ankles to try some tap dancing, it’s a great ankle strengthener and it’s FUN!

For all the dancers out there, can I be cheeky & use this opportunity to recruit for the Year of dance end of September 2012 Challenge? We’ve got a HUGE number of minutes left to dance on this team challenge & we’re planning to keep going until EVERY ONE is danced (preferably before next June when the challenge will have been going a calendar year) We don’t care if it’s a shimmy or a shake, a slide or a strut, as long as you’re dancing!

It's great to see you're completing Challenges with your kids - do you find it easy to keep them active?

My kids are busy wee bees and are always active; the hard part is managing the logistics of getting them to classes & clubs, while trying to fit in my own exercise & activities, so the challenges that can be done as a family are perfect.

As for the paying for it all... now that really is the hard part!!! Seriously, I feel very lucky to have healthy kids, so although I joke about having a second mortgage with the local dance school, etc, I wouldn’t want it any other way. My Dad got up at stupid o’clock and drove me all over Scotland when I swam competitively in my youth, and now it’s my turn – it’s just what parents do.

How have you found foam rolling has helped your recovery and which exercise would you recommend with it?

Yes - once I got over the initial ‘OMG’ when I used it on my IT bands for the first time (I confess to using naughty words!!) I seen a sports injury specialist who recommended warming the roller first (wrapping a hot water bottle round it with a towel works) Now I love doing the IT band with the roller! I don’t like my legs being massaged by therapists, so using the roller is a much better option for me

Having skydived in the past, what other MEGA Challenge are you keen to take on?

Before anyone gets any ideas that I’m into extreme adrenaline sports, I’ll confess the only reason I jumped out of that plane was the thought of raising some serious money for charity (plus I was securely strapped to an ex-para!!) My jump was for Headway (national head injuries association) which is a wonderful charity supporting individuals & their families after acquired brain injury. At the time, I was working in ABI rehabilitation and was very impressed with the level of support the association offered those in need; that was in 1996 and in the course of my work since, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing more of the positive impact their work achieves. 

As for another MEGA challenge, I’m keen to get bike fit enough to cycle Lands End to John O’Groats (gulp!) with my husband, who loves cycling; I’ve talked him into joining me and a friend with our first Sprint Triathlon in March next year (even though he hates running, and is worried I’ll scoosh him at the swimming.. which I will.. whaa haa haa!!)

So, I thought ‘fair’s fair, I’ll join him in his best discipline’. Plus it’s a great excuse to leave the kids with grand-parents for a fortnight away with grown-ups! As this could take until about 2014 to get organised, meantime I’m looking into the Insanity Workout Programme.. but that’s not MEGA.. just MENTAL??

Which Tribesports users make your day?

As a busy working parent, I’m naturally inspired most by other users who have as many ‘balls in the air’ as me; I’m in awe of the challenges some users are achieving, whilst juggling family life, but mostly I just admire them for setting a good example to their kids.

I really believe that kids ‘learn what they live’ so it’s only right we should aspire to be the best versions of ourselves, and live a healthy, happy and harmonious life. On that note, I’ve been impressed by the number of kids on TS, so a big well done to them for joining this cool community; I’ve told my daughter there’s no way I’m allowing her on Facebook, et al, however I’d let her join TS – safe in the knowledge there is nothing but positivity, inspiration and encouragement on here. I really would be here FOREVER naming individuals – suffice to say, if you’re taking the time to read this now, you really have made my day!

What's your favourite quote?

If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely - Roald Dahl

I have this as my screensaver & it encourages me to be positive and try to see the best in everything & everyone. I think it’s a nice one for kids too, as it teaches them that how people ‘look’ is not just about appearance - that true beauty really does come from within.